A Good Morning

‘You can only come to the morning through the shadows.’ -J.R.R. Tolkien

Over all the years of writing and living creatively, I have come to appreciate the gift of those first few hours of the day. I feel grateful to be here – alive and well on this earthly plain – and joyfully curious as to what might manifest as the day progresses.

There are mornings and then there are good mornings.

For me, a good morning is rising with the light and making time to read, write, sketch or dream. This quiet time nurtures my soul and enables me to breathe life into my day. I find that I’m always more focused and content when I give myself this space.

Although I love the special light at dawn, extra early starts are rare for me – unless I need to be somewhere or I’m travelling. It takes me a while to emerge from the realm of dreams and I’m usually inbetween this world and another until I’ve had my first (or sometimes second) cup of jasmine green or blackcurrant tea.

Since moving to my new creative nest, I love to spend the mornings in my reading nook. The light gradually streams through here and natural light, being kinder to the eyes, makes reading all the more pleasurable.

Over the years, my morning space has changed. My favourite was overlooking the timeless beauty of Cuerden Valley Park with its rolling greenery and the Mother Tree anchored into the distant rise.

It was there where I wrote Light Weaver. The views through the seasons and ever present company of nature provided no end of inspiration. I have moved several times since then and have come to realise that a good morning space can be found anywhere and is rooted in my heart and mindfulness.

This morning, I made some notes that emerged from the previous night’s shadows. I sketched alittle. I dipped into Tove’s Winter book (again) because I know the stirrings of spring will occupy me soon. And I ended my good morning time with a tea meditation.

How do you start your day? What makes a good morning for you?



6 thoughts on “A Good Morning

  1. I am an early riser and I love being up to see the sunrise through the gap in the rows of Olives on the neighbours grove. A good morning is when it is warm enough to sit outside and have freshly squeezed orange juice and contemplate the day ahead. Thank you for making me think about this and look forward to doing this as our Spring breaks.


    1. Hi Martine! Thanks for sharing your good morning. What a wonderful way to start the day and in such a beautiful place amidst the olive trees. Enjoy the spring blossom! ♡


  2. With three children, early mornings are part of a routine, which in the week is school, college and uni, and work for us parents. At the weekends it is a time for catching up on domestic chores. However, we do try and have breakfast in bed both days and we find this such a welcome change. Just talking and enjoying each other’s company over breakfast, in the peace and quiet, before the kids wake up. And then we join the day and the washing, ironing, cleaning, shopping lists and all those other weekend treats which kindly wait for us, while we work all week.


    1. Thanks for posting, Phil. Sharing weekend breakfast in bed is a lovely treat, especially when the weekdays are so hectic. Lovely, peaceful moments to treasure.


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